With staff shortages in hospitals and clinics, many of our patients with dysphagia are having to wait weeks and even months for an instrumental swallow evaluation. Meanwhile, patients may have compromised nutrition and hydration, may be suffering with unwanted symptoms of dysphagia (coughing with meals, pain with swallowing, or difficulty eating solids, to name aContinue reading “Scheduling Swallow Studies as easy as 1-2-3”
While FEES is recognized as a Gold Standard for evaluation of dysphagia worldwide, it may be new to you or your facility. At times, lack of familiarity with FEES has led to underuse of a procedure that has proven to be a valuable tool in the evaluation of many patients with dysphagia, across the lifeContinue reading “What is FEES and Why is Everyone Talking About it?”
Swallowing disorders are common in the elderly. Making small changes in dysphagia management, can result in improved outcomes, improved quality or life, reduced morbidity and mortality, and reduced healthcare costs.
FEES provides a comprehensive and dynamic assessment of swallowing function.
A closer look at the “3 Pillars of Pneumonia” At this point , all of us are probably familiar with the 3 pillars of pneumonia: 3 factors that need to be considered together when assessing risk for developing aspiration pneumonia in our patients with dysphagia. According to this theory, which is now widely accepted withinContinue reading “A closer look at the 3 Pillars of Pneumonia”